Average Bench: 66.2% (155th of 1015)

more Based on 19,126 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0B1, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78AKYY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-08U6AA0, WD20PURX-08EUEE, WDC WD20PURX-25T0FY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EYO, WDC WD20PURX-64E6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64N96Y0, WDC WD20PURX-69PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-69AKYY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-85D8PB0, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64A, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-74P6ZY0, WD20PURX-08DJEU, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64VNY0, WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WD20PURX-08JDJD, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64AKYY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64AKYY0, WDC WD20 PURX-89P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 33.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.25MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 47.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,126 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.8 Read 116 152
65.9 Write 115 148
29.9 Mixed 62.2 79
60.9 SusWrite 115 151
74.7% 102 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.74 0.9
1.1 4K Write 2.25 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.89 1
172% 1.29 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 153 155 153 154 152 MB/s
Read 155
Write 154
Mixed 79.2
SusWrite 153
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.37 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 138 137 139 139 138 MB/s
Read 136
Write 128
Mixed 74.2
SusWrite 136
87% 118 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
195% 1.47 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 110 111 109 111 109 MB/s
Read 142
Write 131
Mixed 70.3
SusWrite 110
83% 113 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
192% 1.5 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.3 0.2 MB/s
Read 119
Write 55.9
Mixed 23.1
SusWrite 0.3
36% 49.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.4
83% 0.5 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 48,530,827 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $93 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $668 mins
AmazonUS $7220 mins
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 6,031 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 209%
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Desktop
Desktop 107%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 210%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $1,321

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